Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Celebrating the Dream of a King
Photo by Dan Budnik, 1963
Just five days ago, on August 28th 2013, we celebrated that monumental day when Martin Luther King gave his iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. It was an important step in the American Civil Rights Movement, calling out for an end to racism. It took place during the Great March on Washington demonstration, and was backed up by over two hundred and fifty civil rights supporters.
What's ironic is that the most powerful part of his speech - the bit that everyone remembers - was spontaneous. After King finished his pre-prepared text, a gospel singer called Mahalia Jackson, cried out from the crowd, 'Tell them about the dream, Martin!' And history was made.
To commemorate the event, the TJ Boulting Gallery on Riding House Street, is holding a special exhibition featuring the photography of Dan Budnik. Budnik was a photojournalist, who documented many demonstrations during the Civil Rights Movement. Marching to the Freedom Dream is on display until the 21st September, and includes captioned black & white prints, as well as an interview given by Budnik about his experience.